Inkling Partners Helps Virginia Go Textbook Free

Posted by at 8:32 pm on October 3, 2010

Inkling recently announced its participation in the Virginia Department of Education’s “Beyond Textbooks” program to move digital learning content into the classroom. Across the state, a cohort of Advanced Placement (AP) Biology students enrolled in Virtual Virginia, the VDOE’s online learning program, will receive iPads with one of McGraw-Hill Education’s bestselling textbooks enhanced with features like 3-D molecules, interactive assessment, social note sharing and more. The interactive textbooks are powered by Inkling.

“Digital technology holds enormous potential for transforming instruction and for cost savings for Virginia school divisions, which currently spend $70 million a year on textbooks,” Governor Bob McDonnell said.

In addition to those students using the enhanced Inkling version of the title on iPads, some students will also use the print edition of the title. The two groups will be studied to compare the different methods, measuring not only test scores, but also student engagement, the amount of time spent studying and other key academic metrics. The social sharing capabilities of Inkling will allow students to see notes and highlights from the teacher, as well as from other students across the state, right inside their textbook.

Price and Availability

Inkling for iPad is a free download from the App Store. An ever-growing list of interactive textbooks available for purchase right inside the app includes titles in psychology, marketing, biology, and economics from McGraw-Hill. Free previews are available for all titles, and prices start at $2.99 per chapter and $69.99 per book.

For more information about Inkling and to download the app, visit

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